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Lake Powell Fishing Report
March 24
15:30 2015
Photo caption:  While fishing for stripers in Warm Creek my lure ticked the
bottom momentarily.  It was long enough for a small quagga mussel to snap
shut on the hook.  This is my first shell-hooked catch of a live mussel. If
a mussel can bite a rattletrap there is no reason that it could not catch an
anchor rope,ski rope or any other object under the water.  Make sure to
clean, drain and dry your boat when leaving Lake Powell.
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This is an incredible time to be on Lake Powell.  Spring arrived early with
warm temperatures and no wind.  The calm water is so picturesque that it is
hard to break away and concentrate on fishing.  All the fish are noticing
the warm water as well.  It's a month early but bass are lining up to spawn.
If the water continues to warm bass may move on nests next week.
Regardless, the prespawn fishing success is awesome.

Smallmouth bass are the most cooperative fish right now. Fishing success is
temperature dependent making afternoon fishing prime time. 
Use plastic single tail grubs or tubes along primary and secondary points
near shore.  The warm water is found in shallow water with deep water still
fairly cool.  Find colored water for most consistent results but some bass
are now being caught in clear water as well.  Bass can be caught anywhere
from the shoreline to 25 feet deep.  Cast shallow and work the plastic bait
progressively deeper along the rocky point until a fish is hooked and then
recast to catch another.

Largemouth bass were caught occasionally while using these same fishing
techniques.  It helps to find some semblance of brush to locate largemouth
bass habitat.

The best news is that all these fish are fat and healthy. Many rotund,
2-pound smallmouth were caught this weekend.

Crappie are also showing up in these warm conditions.  Bluegill and other
brush-loving fish have moved into muddy water to find protection from
marauding predators.  If submerged tumbleweeds or some other brushy material
is found in muddy water it is added incentive for bass, crappie and bluegill
to set up temporary quarters there until the lake rises and covers more
brush. Reports of 30 crappie caught in a day were had this weekend.  One
3-pound crappie was caught in the San Juan.

Stripers are following these proceedings with interest. As small bodied fish
move into the shallow muddy water, stripers follow. The best reports for big
stripers this week came from muddy water in the backs of canyons.  Anglers
casting jerk baits and lipless vibrators into shallow water were rewarded
with big stripers weighing 5-pounds and better.  Again afternoon fishing was
better after the water warmed in the afternoon sun.

Smaller stripers (16 inches) are eating plankton which is most prevalent in
murky water at 5-10 feet deep. Troll or cast lipless vibrators or jerk baits
to target these fish. The best option is to troll to find the striper school
then cast quickly once a fish is hooked to catch more stripers while the
first fish is netted.

Walleye are starting to show up for bass anglers dragging plastic lures long
the bottom.  They will get more active in April but walleye made an 
appearance this weekend.   To target walleye tip 
the plastic bass jig with a small piece of night crawler.

All things considered it looks like a very good week to fish for many
different species at Lake Powell.

Lake Elevation: 3591.25

Water Temperature 55 - 63 F

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